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Amid Worsening Weather, More Aerial Assaults Ordered on Station Fire

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Citing concerns over predicted weather, prime for fueling and spreading fire, Forest Service authorities have ordered air assaults to begin tomorrow morning and throughout the next few days as needed to combat the still burning Station Fire. Four heavy helitankers will treat fuels along the north slope of Mount Wilson, a rugged area too steep for fire crews to reach by foot.

Officials say residents and visitors in the area may see increased helicopter, aviation and ground force activity in addition to more smoke coming from the Angeles National Forest. The attack will focus on hot spots and dry fuels.

This weekend will see hotter temperatures with lower humidity and windy conditions in the mountains.

The blaze, which began more than three weeks ago has burned through some 250 square miles in the San Gabriel Mountains and is 93 percent contained will full containment expected Tuesday.

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